Meet the hunters tracking down Boko Haram fighters using musket guns and their wits

Armed with ancient flintlocks passed down by their forefathers, the bush hunters of north-east Nigeria have chased big game through the forests since colonial times and long before.

From gazelles and monkeys to crocodiles and hyenas, their quarry used to be as plentiful as any in Africa, although these days, they lament that the rarer wildlife is largely gone.

There is one particular species, however, that they are all too keen to hunt to extinction – the Boko Haram fighters who have turned their stalking grounds into a warzone.

Stretching across thousands of square miles of Sahel, the forests have become the militants’ main operating base in recent years, offering the perfect cover to build…

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